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, kids of their own. >> reporter: he also offered assistance and condolences to connecticut's governor during a difficult time. >> we'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. we will get through it but this is a terrible time for this community and these families. >> reporter: the community is left to wonder how this could happen in their town. >> i don't know if there's any safe place any more in this world. >> reporter: i'm maribel avert reporting. >>> we're going to bring you up to speed on what's happening. it is located around 40 miles southwest of hartford connecticut and 20 miles southeast of new york city. the population is 27,600. president obama made an announcement today. here is more of what the president had to say. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies. each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would. as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the a
-old man walked into a connecticut elementary school classroom this morning, in a matter of moments, 26 people were dead, including 20 children. the gunman then shot and killed himself. the investigation is just beginning. we go live where a town and nation is grieving. >> reporter: law enforcement officials are telling us 20 children, six adults and the one shooter were killed today in the massive shooting making it one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. tragedy in a small connecticut community. >> evil visited this community today. >> reporter: the police say a shooter struck sandy hook elementary school in newtown friday morning. >> we never seen anything like this. it is heart wrenching for us as it is for the families. >> reporter: the suspect has been identified as 20-year-old adam lanza. he was killed by his own hand. his mother was a teacher at the school. she was killed at a second location. a parent instead of the school at the time believed 100 rounds had been fired. the first 911 call came in at 9:30 a.m. the police put in an active shooter search. >> this
the identities of the victims this morning. first we will go to sandy hook wi, connecticut with the very latest. >> good morning. this community is just beginning the process this unimaginable horror, innocent lives lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in a most unlikeliest of places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hooks stewed school. >> adam lanza seen as a teenager heading to the elementary school wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid in my class i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was scary for all of us. >> police say lanza had shot his mother at her home and he went to the school killed 26 team mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended teachers led the students single file from the schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in lines and we had to close our eyes and we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then hour teacher hold the first person'
. a vigil wrapped up in newtown connecticut where the community remembered the victims of today's massacre at sandy hook elementary school. authorities identified the shooter at 20-year-old adam lanza. he reportedly had a history of mental illness. we have learned police found more guns on campus. we have news reporters covering all angles of this story. including who the shooter was. but we have jennifer davis. >> reporter: there was also a filled to capacity crowd here for a vigil earlier this evening. clearly this town is very much still struggling with what happened here earlier today. as is much of the country even the president was wiping away tears. >> it's identifying the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. they say he is the one who killed more than two dozen people including himself in this massacre. 20 of his victims were little children. >> there were 18 children who were pronounced dead at the school. there were two that were transported to area hospitals and pronounced dead at area hospitals. >> reporter: among the dead the gunman's mother who worked as a teacher at this schoo
. we have team coverage beginning in connecticut. >> evil visited this community today. >> reporter: a quaint new england suburb. >> i'm terrified. >> became a scene of horror. a gunman identified as adam lanza barged into sandy hook elementary school and begin shooting. >> complete chaos. >> teachers rushed to sheppard the yuck children to safety. they were told to close their eyes on the way out. >> we all put our hands on other people's shourdz and teacher led the first person's hand and lead us out. >> one spoke exclusively to diane sawyer. >> i need to know i love you all very much. it's going to be okay because that was the last thing i would have hear. >> all eints the individual i have on the phone continues to believe what he hears is gunfire. >> a small arm swarmed the school but not before the gunman took his toll. >> all afternoon desperate parents converged. some took their children away and others went away with unimaginable grief the victims were remembered at a candlelight vigil in newtown. similar prayer services are going on all over the country with people paying
>> bill: welcome to the fox report. now the day after here in newtown, connecticut, a community, as you can imagine, absolutely devastated by a horrendous act that so many of us are just now coming to grips with. it could have happened in any corner of our country and now people all over the country, from coast to coast, offering a messages of support. >> we understand the power of prayer as what it is. we know that we can intercede for people. we don't have to be there. we can be right here and make an impact. people say e-mail travels fast. prayer travels faster. >> i hope and pray for those families, for that town, that city, that state, that they can somehow get through. >> i kept thinking over and over again, this could be my kid. this could be my kid. and i just felt like there is not much i can do from here action but i felt like i have to say something. >> we're showing that we -- they have our support. >> 1,000 miles away. >> the distance is almost irrelevant, that we are all just children of god and when a grievance like this and a tragedy like this hits, we're all one
, connecticut. >> good morning. any minute we expect police will release the names of the victims as the community begins to process the unimaginable horror of students lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in the most unlikeliest places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hook school. caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> authorities say 20-year-old adam lanza seen as a teenager here came to the school wearing a bulletproofed vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. they have recovered more than 3 weapons. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid inside of my class, i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was really scary for all of us. >> hours before police say lanza had shot his mother in her home and headed to the school where he killed 26 people mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended they led students to a schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in a line and we had to close ou
killed newtown, conn.. here is what we know at this hour. connecticut school. students massacred in their emotion. developing news at five. more than a dozens children shot and killed at an elementary in new town, connecticut. tonight many questions remain, but here is what wepam gives us the latest here is what we know about shooting in new town, connecticut at this hour. 27 the gunman. 20 of the victims are young children. police are questioning the brother of the shooter. and the gunmans mother has been found dead in his home. catherine heenan is standing >>catherine: newtown is 80 miles northeast of new york city. the scene of the shooting, is a relatively wealthy community founded 3=hundred years ago, just after nine this morning, it became the scene of one of the country's >> i just got a message saying there was an unconfirmed shooting >> we immediately jumped in the car and came down here >>catherine: parents arriving at the school found a nightmare scene. >> "i just heard the principal was shot and killed. i heard some kids were shot. a teacher mrs. hammons was shot." >>
. >> reporter: i'm listening right now to the town bells ringing here in newtown, connecticut. i'm not sure why they are ringing but this community has come together to mourn together for this tragedy that happened at the school here. we've got much more ahead on our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting which starts right now. >>> and it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning we'll be updating victims and the investigation here in newtown, connecticut. we now know the name of the shooter and dig into what was behind this monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspect's house. it is saturday, december 15th. i want to say good morning to everyone. it's not a good morning, it's a difficult morning, but we are spending it together here. i'm john berman. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live from newtown, connecticut. and i want to bring in my colleague, ali velshi. hey, ali. >> reporter: john, it's a sad morning and will get sadder in a few moments.
>>> hello. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm coming to you with live special coverage from newtown, connecticut, the scene of the horrific elementary school massacre. we want to welcome back our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're learning new information about this mass killing here in connecticut and we're learning new information about the people who were killed. 26 people shot inside the elementary school. 20 of them children. at a news conference just a little while ago here in newtown, the connecticut state police said that all of the victims now have been identified. they will be released -- they will be releasing the name shortly. we're told to be standing by. all of the bodies have been removed and they've been taken to the medical examiner's office. crime scene investigators are working around the clock. here's how they are trying to deal with what's going on. investigators say -- they spoke out a few moments ago. >> we still have major crime detectives and newtown detectives working at the scene at the school. that is not completed. that probably will not be comp
. >> was there are 27 victims, 20 of them children and 7 adults. we have team coverage beginning in connecticut. >> evil visited this community today. >> reporter: a quaint new england suburb. >> i'm terrified. >> became a scene of horror. a gunman identified as adam lanza barged into sandy hook elementary school and begin shooting. >> complete chaos. >> teachers rushed to sheppard the yuck children to safety. they were told to close their eyes on the way out. >> we all put our hands on other people's shourdz and teacher led the first person's hand and lead us out. >> one spoke exclusively to diane sawyer. >> i need to know i love you all very much. it's going to be okay because that was the last thing i would have hear. >> all eints the individual i have on the phone continues to believe what he hears is gunfire. >> a small arm swarmed the school but not before the gunman took his toll. >> all afternoon desperate parents converged. some took their children away and others went away with unimaginable grief the victims were remembered at a candlelight vigil in newtown. similar prayer services are going o
the whole nation realizes it can happen to them. it could happen to newton-- newtown, connecticut, an idyllic community, it can happen anywhere in this country. it doesn't mean it's going to happen, doesn't mean it's a prevalent crime, it isn't. this is not the way most children, god forbid are going to be hurt or injured. other ways to get hurt or injured and we have to pay attention to. this is so horrific and so arbitrary it could happen to any one of us and all of us have this nightmare about our children and that's why i think this whole country is together on this. >> and certainly those parents are going to be second guessing lots of decisions. >> i can't imagine, you know. >> and that's being a father and i can't imagine how you -- i couldn't imagine it during september 11th or many other times how you live with in, horrible. >> those answers are yet to come in the days ahead. we are going to continue our conversation with mayor guiliani in just a bit and continuing coverage of the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut just ahead. get married, have a couple of k
. >> innocence lost. a young survivor of the connecticut school shooting recalling the scary moments of a national tragedy. >> welcome to mornings on 2. >> more details are coming out about the tragic shooting at a connecticut elementary school where 20 children were killed. >> john is live now in connecticut where people throughout the state have converged this morning to mourn the dead. >> reporter: we are in -- sandy hook rights here, across from the volunteer fire department. you can see quite a bit of activity. police, firefighters, 24 hours ago it was a different scene, children were running here from their school just around the corner, sandy hook elementary to this fire station after being told by police this is where they can come to be safe because of what was happening in the school. it was a scene of chaos and horror, terrified children, hundreds of them coming here. this morning much calmer, no chaos. nothing horrible but still the memory of what happened yesterday. now, the police are here obviously, state police still here. the investigation continues at the school.
american will struggle to come to grips with what happened today in a small community in connecticut. sandy hook elementary school in the small community of about 27,000 residents was the site of a shooting rampage. at this hour we know 26 people at the school were shot and killed by a lone gunman. 20 of those deceased were children. surviving students and their parents said teachers ordered children to hide in closets. witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots, as many as 100 rounds. police found the shooter dead. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in ame
adults victim of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, parent told us they were in a meeting yesterday with the principal and vice principal along with mary sherlock when they heard the loud pop, pop, pop, they went to check that out in the hallway. sherlock and the principal didn't return alive. just a very solemn outcome to that. sherlock was part of a team that was really relied upon there at sandy hook elementary. she was part of the school's crisis intervention team, ali. so even in a time like this when people are turning to those for comfort, she's no longer with us. ali? >> yeah, sad story. nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. thanks, nick. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm in newtown, connecticut, about a block away from the school which is roughly behind me. a block away from the scene of the horrible massacre. here's what we know right now. in about an hour, officials are expected to start releasing the names of the victims. we've learned the names of two of the adults, the principa
from the heart breaking shooting in newtown, connecticut. a long and intense investigation is underway, searching for answers what would cause someone to shoot up a school killing 26 people, so many of them children. >> and just this morning, authorities are saying that gunman adam lanza wasn't voluntarily let inside the school, but rather, he forced his way armed with multiple weapons and now town officials are saying the principal was killed trying to stop lanza and saying they have quote, good evidence in this case. hello, i'm uma pemmaraju. >> kelly: and i'm kelly wright and we begin a special edition of america's news headquarters which begins right now and we'll go right to newtown, connecticut. state police there wrapping up a press conference just a short time ago. our molly line is standing by live near sandy hook elementary school with the latest on the investigation, molly. >> there's a broad expectation of grief and at some point the names of victims will be released today. we do know that all of the victims' bodies have been identified and removed from the school and offer
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his community try to recover from the mass shooting there this summer where 12 people were shot and killed and another 58 people were shot but survived. he said today from aurora, "our hearts go out to the people of newtown." colorado's senator michael bennet said today, "as coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core. we are here for connecticut today." colorado's governor, john hickenlooper, he said, "we know too well what impact this kind of violence has on a community." he said that the first thing he wanted to do today was talk to his counterpart governor in connecticut, dan malloy. governor hickenlooper said, "i cannot put into words how impossible it seems to me that this can happen again so suddenly." virginia tech was the site of a mass shooting five years ag
, in for shepard smith. we're live in newtown, connecticut, small town, 90 minutes north of manhattan that right now is dealing with the aftermath of an unspeakable crime. the murder of innocent children. it happened at sandy hook elementary, connecticut state police saying a gunman walked into that k through fourth grade school earlier today, around 9:30 local time, and opened fire. investigators say he murdered 20 children and six adults. >> the kids were terrified. they were terrified. they had just witnessed something and they terrified. >> many of them were friends of ours and people we socialize with. it's painful right now. >> 20 children. this image shows connecticut state police leading children away from the school, each of their small hands on the shoulders of the children in front of them as they walk from the scene where a mad man killed their friends. this woman was on the phone waiting to hear about her sister a teacher at the school. we do not know tonight what happened to her sister, whether or not she's alive or among the dozens of dead inside that building. reports indicate th
an hour to get on top of the horrific tragedy in connecticut to get our heads around it to understand why things like this happen and of course it will take much longer, but let's get to it. we have michelle franzen on the scene, and clint van zandt profiler and msnbc analyst, and psychologist jeff grandier, and caroline mccarthy who entered politics after her husband was killed in a multiple shooting on a suburban commuter train, and we have the head of the national association of school safety and also we will go to my colleague michelle franzen. thank you for staying with us tonight. >> well, hi, chris. we are here in the knnewtown ar of connecticut miles from sandy hook, connecticut, where the tragic shooting took place today. right now, hundreds of resident s are gathering at a nearby catholic church for a vigil to for those lives of young people who were shot today. they are holding a prayer vigil to comfort the families who were told that they had lost their loved ones in this town. it is a small new england town in area, and very rural area in the central part of connecticut here.
.s. history. >> as you know by now the gunman opened fire in newtown, connecticut. when it was all over 26 people were dead. most of children. youngest am have was just five yores old. adam hans lans then committed cusude. nthe names of those killed are expected to be released shortly . they comb the school in and out for clues . they have good evidence that they hope will answer questions. >> i am kewill wroiti am uma we have special edition of america's news head quarters that starts right now. >> we'll go to newtown connecticut. they are wrapping up a press conference. adam lanza was not let into the school voluntarily. instead he forced his way in. molly is standing by in the sandy hook elementary school . molly? >> thank you, uma. they haven't given out a lot of details. what they mean on lansa forcing his way in. no one opened the door for him. and he was not standing in the building when the doors were locking down. it was a situation where he lit ralgely pushed his way the building somehow . there was a question of whether he broke a window. there is reports of broken glass. and ev
the horror today in a small town in connecticut. good evening i'm dan ashley. as you probably know by now this has been a horrific day. gunman slaughtered 27 people including 20 young children in a killing spree at elementary school in newtown, connecticut before ultimately taking his own life. in newtown overflow crowd tonight at the church as the community tries come to grip with what happened there. vigil were held all over the country including arizona, washington, texas, wisconsin and hear in the bay area naturally. the shooter has been identified as which-year-old adam lanza of hoboken, new jersey. he was an honor student who may have suffered from personality disorder armed with 4 weapons and was wearing a bullet proof vest when he marched on to that campus with the intent to kill. witnesses say he didn't upary word. we have steps i have coverage on this tonight. chris cuomo takes us through what happened. >> this morning the sandy hook elementary ask full of kids concerned about christmas. then at 9:40 am shots rang out. >> all units the individual that i have on the phone con
massacre here in connecticut g night from newtown, connecticut. now. >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight -- >> we all huddled and i kept hearing these booming noises. >> fox news confirmed that as many as 27 people are dead, including 20 children. >> bill: unspeakable evil in connecticut. >> the gym teachers directed to us take against the wall and everybody started to panic. >> bill: dozens of school children murdered. >> they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> bill: tonight what happened? how it could happen and can america prevent this kind of atrocity? we will have a number of reports. >> he's tough. a lesser person would have pleaded guilty. >> bill: also will president obama and secretary of state clinton demand the release of marine lance corporal jon hammer being held in a mexican prison on bogus charges? we will continue our reporting on this disturbing story. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi. i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us. mass murder in co
of connecticut, as well. trying to piece this all together, why did she have those guns? how did he get them? >> just one area i know will be a huge topic of conversation for days and months to come. another big question for so many the names of these children. there are 20 children who died. there are six adults who died in the school. there's nancy, the mother who died in her residence. when will we find out the official identities of these victims? >> right. law enforcement authorities are telling us it will be tomorrow morning. they expect to be releasing the identities. they have been working diligently to check, double check and triple check that they have all of the right people and obviously that everyone, members of the family have been notified. expect to hear that in the morning. >> so sad to see by exclusion they have made the identities obvious to family members who did not get reunited with their children but the positive i.d.s they talked about a forensic project they will be working on where the children's bodies are. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> you are welcome. >
, i'm ali velshi and you are watching cnn special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live as i say from pennsylvania. it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning, we'll bring you updates on the victims and the investigation. we now know the name of the newtown shooter. we'll dig in on what was behind his monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspected gunman's house. >>> i'm here in newtown, pennsylvania. behind me some distance is the school at which this tragic shooting took place. we have this story covered from all angles. i want to bring in my colleague john berman in newtown, in the town square. john, bring us up to speed on what we've seen since yesterday evening. >> hey, ali, i'm standing in front of the st. rose of lima church where last night there was an emotional vigil with about 1,000 people here. residents poured in for the 26 victims of this tragic attack. of course, 20 children were killed, six adults, all at the elementary school. and we're learning more about
. and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut who cannot do that tonight. and they need all of us right now. in the hard days to come the community needs us to be at our best as americans ask i will do everything in my power as president to help. >> the president ordered flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of the victims. he said america has endured too many tragedies and says meaningful action needs to be taken to prevent incidents like it regardless of the politic autos abc 7 news viewers expressing condolences to those touched by the tragedy on our face book page, we invite to you share your thoughts. >> but it's very difficult to express with words how devastating this tragedy is. >> yes. wayne freedman shows us the moments of raw emotion today, between headlines. >> this is the day when the names sandy hook elementary school and newtown, connecticut changed forever. once obscure, they're now infamous. >> like you, you know, you read it in the paper and see it in the news, you're like, oh, my god, then, you heard something
this hour on the massacre of the school in newtown, connecticut. 20 children and six adults were killed and the lone gunman took his own life. i understand we are learn something new details about the gunman, adam lanza, and his family. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good afternoon. we are starting to put together some of the pieces of the p s te puz i will. adam lanza was home schooled. he has been described by students who -- when he did go to school, classmates of him, as very intelligent and as we have often heard in these cases, also described as loner. someone that didn't have a lot of friends. went out of his way not to be noticed, of course, he couldn't have changed that in a more devastating way than he did by going into that elementary school. his aunt, who has not seen him since he was 3 years old, spoke just within the last hour to local reporters in north carolina. here is what she had to say about adam. >> he was different. he was quiet. nice kid. good kid. he was challenging the family in that house. never in trouble with the law. never in trouble with anything. >> sh
. >> gregg: moments ago, connecticut state police releasing the names of the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. all six adults were women. of the 20 children shot, eight were boys, 12 were girls and all of the children ages six or seven. >> heather: we continue to search for answers as the nation mourns this tragedy with the people of newtown, connecticut. one psychiatrist preventing these crimes is like trying to find a needle in a very large haystack. [ male announcer ] red lobster's crabfest ends soon. hurry in and try five succulent entrees, like ourender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp. just $12.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! could'v♪ had a v8. ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> i'v
>>> bottom of the hour now, 7:30 a.m. eastern time in newtown, connecticut. welcome, and welcome to our international viewers joining us from around the world. i'm ali velshi, you're watching cnn's special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. we are live in newtown, connecticut. here's what we know this morning about what happened at sandy hook elementary school. in about 30 minutes we expect authorities to hold a news conference right where i am and release the identities of the victims. police say 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 were killed as well as six adults at the school including the principal and psychologist. sources say adam lanza was armed with three guns, two on him, one found in a car nearby. police say he got the guns from his mother who owned them. she was licensed to have them. she was found dead in her home about 2 1/2 miles from where i am now. every new detail helped paint a picture of a horrifying tragedy. cnn's anderson cooper explains how it unfolded moment by moment. >> all units, the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear wh
of the connecticut school shooting continues. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> good evening. breaking news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight. in newtown, connecticut, it is the scene of one of the worst school shootings in the history of the united states and we can report for you that police have now identified a school shooter as adam lanza. a shooter who killed 26 people today at the sandy hook elementary school here in this small connecticut town. 20 children were killed. 18 of them were pronounced dead right at the scene of the school. two of them were rushed to the hospital, hoping that they could save them. those children died at the hospital. six adults at the school were also shot dead. and they died at the scene as well. nancy lanza, a teacher at the school and a mother of the suspected shooter, was also killed. but she was found dead in her son's home in newtown. adam lanza, the 24-year-old brother ryan lanza, was taken into police custody. ryan lanza taken into police custody for questioning in hoboken, new jersey, earlier today. officials had not labeled
of connecticut, dan malloy. update our viewers on what you're learning. >> wolf, today we are learning more from authorities about -- they are picking up more evidence, both at the scene, crime scene, as well as at the home that the shooter shared with his mother. and they are trying to -- saying it is beginning to explain why this happened. now, they're not revealing exactly what that information is. however, an official with the atf is telling us that, in fact, more weapons were found at the mother's home. now, they are doing complete traces on those weapons. they are not saying they are directly related to the shooting. but it is providing more of a picture about how everything happened. we have, however, learned from our sources about the three additional weapons that were found at the home. appear to be found there. and they are all rifles. all rifles. these are in addition to the three weapons that we've already told you about in the last couple of days. two handguns, a glock and a sig sauer. as well as that semiautomatic known as a bushmaster. now, authorities tell us, our sources tell us
up in connecticut, to get our heads around it, to understand why this happened, how things like this do happen. of course take much longer. but let's get to it. we've got michelle franzen on the scene in newtown, connecticut, cliff van zandt, former fbi profiler and nbc oonlt. we've got psychologist jeff weiner and psychologist jeff gardere. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker, u.s. congresswoman carolyn mccarthy who entered politics after her husband was killed in a shooting on a suburban commuter train. larry johnson the president of the national association of school safety and law enforcement officials. and jamd baldwin, baltimore county police chief. first we go for an immediate update to my msnbc colleague michelle franzen. michelle, thank you for staying with us tonight. >> reporter: well, hi, chris. we're here in the newtown area of connecticut just nearby a couple of miles from sandy hook elementary where the tragic shooting took place earlier today. at this hour hundreds of residents are gathering at a nearby catholic church for a vigil, holding a prayer for t
with us. it's been a horrible day. >> friday night the people of newtown, connecticut came together as a community to remember and to mourn. >> i have children. i couldn't fathom that. >> police say the gunman, 20-year-old add dan hand -- adam lanza arrived tat school where his mother worked. >> the caller is indicating she thinking someone is shooting in the building. >> when he was done 20 children and 6 adults were dead. >> there were 20 parents that were told that their children are dead. it was awful. >> the principal dawn hochsprung was among the first killed. >> i can't believe she's gone. >> her teachers and staff did all they could to keep the kids safe. >> the teachers directed us to stay against the wall and everybody started kind of panicking. >> adam lanza ended the shooting when he turned the gun on himself. it wasn't until later that police here discovered the first murder victim, his own mother was found dead in their house. >> she was shot once in the face. that is a very brutal and also a very personal way to kill anyone, particularly a relative, especially your
in new town. connecticut. 20 of those victims. are young children. as the nation mourns. investigators continue to search for answers. about the gunman. and why he went on this rampage. maribel aber. is in newtown with the latest. >> tragedy in a small connecticut community. "evil visited this community today" >> police say a shooter struck sandy hook elementry school in newtown friday morning. >> "there were 18 children pronounced dead at the hospital. six adults scene" >> a parent inside the school at the time said she believed at least 100 rounds had been fired. the alleged shooter is dead and police have recoveredthe first 9-1-1 call came in around 930 am, police shooter search. >> "there were police with rifles and handguns, they were on the roof, they were surrounding the school, they were going in through the roof." "our main objective was to evacuate as quickly and efficiently and as possible school." >> president obama ordered u-s flags to half-staff in honor of the victims. speaking about the children killed, he fought back tears. >> "they had their entire lives ahead of them
of getting their children to understand what their families in connecticut are going through right now. back here in golden gate park the public is welcome at this vigil. they are expecting anywhere from ten to 80 people. you can come and offer prayers, write letters and remember those sweet young and old victims. >> katie: mass shooting has been emotional for parents. the dean of the school and education of psychology tells abc news you first need to confront your own feelings, whether those include fear and anxiety and speak to your child calmly and listen intently. the time to do it is now. >> i would talk today. i don't think it is worth waiting until the end of the weekend or waiting until a bright moment. the kids are experiencing this. they have to understand what does this really mean when an elementary school has this kind of tragedy. >> the doctor says you should reassure your kids they are safe in school. we have a lot more coming as the tragedy unfolds. stay with us for continuing coverage. you can receive updates on your smart phone by downloading our free news app. sign up to g
adam lanza and lived in newtown, connecticut with his mother nancy who was shot dead in her bed in her home that shared with the shooter. he took her car and at least three weapons and maybe more. glock and hour and m-4 assault rifle ask went to the school where his mother worked as a substitute teacher and got through security and went to two room one area of the school and began to shoot children and adultings. he shot 20 kids. 18 died at the scene and two in the hospital died. he shot six adults including the principal and took his own life has police got to the school. >> is there any report on what high was saying or anything peculliar about him. >> a six year old boy said the shooter came in and shot the teacher and the boy ran out and that shooter didn't say a sandwich word. we heard from the shooter's brother that he was learning disabled and may have been autistic. >> and the mother was supposed to teach today? >> we don't know that either. we know that the young man woke up this morning at home and shot his mother in the home and tock her car and guns and school where she wor
will never be the same again. in newtown, connecticut, ines ferre, now back to you. >>> newtown, connecticut, is in the southwestern part of the state. it's roughly 80 miles northeast of new york city. the population is about 27,500 people and encompasses will 60 square miles about the same size as carmel-by-the-sea here in california. there are four elementary schools in newtown. sandy hook where the shootings took place is a kindergarten through fourth grade school. >>> now, the children described terror as they told their parents about how they cowered in the classrooms. while their teachers locked doors and ordered them to hide. here's how some of those students and their parents explained what happened today. >> somebody yelled, get to a safe place. >> teacher pulled me into her classroom. >> reporter: inside sandy hook elementary school, children were caught in the chaos. >> teacher said had to close the blinds and had to close the blinds and had to shut off the lights and [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: outside, the first family members on the scene witnessed a horrific site. >> three
. >> pelley: lou, thanks very much. paul vance is a police lieutenant with the connecticut state police. he's been briefing reporters today and i asked him what he saw when he arrived at the school. >> it's a horrific scene. it's a very tragic scene, as we've been reporting. it involve it had death of numerous children, 20 to be exact, six adults. and it's a very tragic, horrific scene. >> pelley: were the children who were killed in one classroom? spread out across the entire school? >> one section of the building is the best way we can explain it. the deceased were all located in one complete section of the building. >> pelley: and where was the gunman found? >> in the hallway. >> pelley: outside of a classroom? >> correct. >> pelley: as the sun is going down now, are the victims still in the school? >> yeah, this is a long process and by that i mean it's a crime scene, it's a criminal investigation, it mandates that we meticulously document every single square inch of that building. we meticulously document all the affirmative actions and that's time -- facts and circumstances, and that'
, connecticut, the scene of the horrific elementary school rampage. >> and i'm deborah feyerick here live in atlanta. >> i want to tell you, viewers, this is hard and over the next two hours know that we are doing something that's really hard and unprecedented, not dealing with what the families are dealing with, obviously, who have suffered such tragedy but to have to come and report on 20 children dead is almost unfate th unfathomable. the church is keeping their doors open and are not allowing the media to come in here. this search is open for 24 hours. they have lost members of their own church. again, this is hard. i can speak for myself and deb feyerick, we will try to speak as calm and comforting as we can and sometimes we won't get things right. we're learning a lot of information just as you are learning it here. we're going to be try to be as respectful as possible. we did not speak with children on camera without the parents' permission. as we say that, bear with us here and we're going to try to go through this without breaking down. this is really tough for everyone involved
, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to provide in the next hour to the most pressing questions will feel inat adequate to all of us, but we'll try with an admitedly heavy heart. here is what we know. there are new details to report among the 28 people dead are 20 schoolchildren, ages 5 to 10, and the gunman, who also killed his mother, prior to the massacre. this is the nation's second deadliest shooting. 33 people died at virginia tech in 2007. at this hour, investigators are working to learn as much as they can about the gunman. he's been identified as 20-year-old adam lanza. so far, authorities have not spoken publicly about a possible motive. ♪ >> the community is in mourning, at least 2,000 gathered for a vigil last night at a local church, lighting candles and singing hymns while trying to console each other. many in shock. >> when i saw a shooting, i -- i couldn't even process that, a shooting here in newtown, and it was hours later when they started coming out with the numbers, and you just -- it didn't seem real. it seems like this is wrong. a lot of information toda
of connecticut leaves dozens dead. we will go live for the latest. >> in germany, investigators say the attempted bombing here this week proves islamist terrorists are at work in the country. >> a german lawmaker plans to send patriot missiles to turkey's border with syria. a shooting at a school in the united states -- 27 people reported dead. most of them children. >> it happened friday morning at an elementary school in the state of connecticut. a parent inside the school at the time reports hearing was sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. >> this is the scene at sandy hook elementary school. sources saying the suspect is also among the dead and that the body is in a classroom at the school. police say they have recovered two weapons from the suspect. the students kindergarten through fourth graders were all evacuated to a nearby fire station. all schools in the area are under lock down right now. >> law enforcement officials has -- have confirmed the shooter has been found dead inside the school building. >> officials say the scene of the shooting is now secure. >> there were several
connecticut. the suspect - also dead. and his mother found killed at latest. >> police said that 26 people were killed at sandy hook elementary. 20 of the victims were children between the ages of 5-10. it is one of the deadliest school hi shootings. and why not of history. >> evil visited the school. >> the shooter and visited the school it was a horrific scene. for mutual experience we never seen anything like this is heart wrenching for us as it is for the families. >> the suspect is a 20 year- old adam lanza who shot himself after he fired 100 rounds killing 20 students. police implemented a search. it, there were police with rifles on the roof, and surrounding the school. >> the families have been notified with preliminary investigation in process of elimination of the families have been told. >> flags were ordered at half staff. >> they had their entire lives ahead of them birthdays, graduations. weddings. kids of their own. >> at this vigil, the search for answers to difficult questions. >> understand that a test is just that. the rise and answer. and respond to. >> this community i
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